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Grateful Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 1988-09-14


Topics Live concert


Let The Good Times Roll, Alabama Getaway-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Stagger Lee, Walkin' Blues, It Must Have Been The Roses, Queen Jane Approximately, Ramble On Rose, Let It Grow Box Of Rain, Victim Or The Crime, Foolish Heart, Looks Like Rain, He's Gone-> Drums-> Space-> I Need A Miracle-> Gimme Some Lovin'-> Morning Dew, E: Black Muddy River


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Madison Square Garden
Location NYC, NY

Source Jay Ashley (Bertha) remaster of <a href= "http://db.etree.org/shninfo_detail.php?shnid=1093">original</a> shn set

Notes

Jay Ashley (Bertha) remaster of original shn set; SBD> CM> DAT> CDA> DAW (Bertha)> CDA

Reviews

Reviewer: BIG_R - - August 10, 2009
Subject: 9-14-88
Another grate remaster by Jay Ashley. This a pretty good show but I would say it's the weakest of the three nights with 9-16 being the strongest.
Reviewer: John Bouffard - - December 11, 2008
Subject: Ramble On
If this version doesn't get your blood pumpin then nothin will! Turn it up loud,pretend your playin keys on your desk and sing along. The best 6+ minutes of your day. Oh check it out Jerry shishes Bobby at the end to hear the crowd or atleast it sounds that way. Enjoy the ride.
Reviewer: skr213 - - April 22, 2008
Subject: strong 1st, ho-hum 2nd
Overall: I like this audience recording best of the three currently available. Although, I couldn't play Walkin Blues and had to listen to it on oen of the other versions, but that might have just been a quirk. The SBDs of this show are really sweet, but the high quality audience gives some feel for the room, which I think is important for any Dead show, but especially so in MSG.

The scene: None of the Rochester family left in the bus by this time in the tour except me. I gave Ohm a ride from Philly to MSG and we camped in a little park in New Jersey on the night between. These were my first (and only) MSG shows and the only time I'd been there before was for a Ringley Bros. circus when I was like 6 years old and my family lived in Connecticut. I started this night at my seat. A couple of guys came up and told me I was in one of their seats. I showed them my stub, then they laughed and the guy said "no, that's my season ticket seat for the Rangers." A hockey and Dead fan - I'd found a friend! So we chatted for a while, but when the show started I made my way out to the hallway for dancing.

The music: They continue a trend that seemed to start in Philly - really strong first sets. Jerry's voice is pretty torn up, but he puts some nice umph into some of the songs, especially Stagger Lee, Foolish Heart, and Morning Dew. LTGTR>Alabama. I don't think I'd heard that one before, but it's a fun opener. Brent does some really nice piano work during Greatest Story and Stagger Lee. Let it Grow jam is really sweet - not high energy but very interactive and well played. Victim didn't go as far into a creepy jam as it did earlier in this tour and is very ho-hum. The jam is Foolish Heart is pretty nice though. Rest of the second set is good, but nothing noteworthy. Strange to end with two Jerry "ballads." Should have been an upbeat Bobby encore.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - - March 10, 2007
Subject: Love Covers a Multitude of Errors
Morning Dew leaves you breathless.
Reviewer: jboyaquar - - January 31, 2006
Subject: Reaches a high point when its furthest down
1st Set: The sound is as of we were onstage with the band and the crowd, though boistrous, were miles away... "LTGTRB" achieves its goal of welcoming the Garden crowd to a marathon stand. It's been awhile since an "Alabama" so forgive Jerry for goofin on lyrics. An uneventful middling jam takes us to the "Greatest..." It'as not a '72 but the stop/start is effective enough. Jerry comes alive during "Stagger's" climax. Some solid foot-stomping during "Walkin." So far, the music has been competent though not overpowering. "Roses" is lazily beautiful save for those moments (4:25) when Jerry and the band are on a different vocal plain. "Queen Jane" treated us nicely. The ship is sailing clear ahead though its capatin's voice wavers and appears less than cocksure during a suffienctly pokey "Ramble." The men attack "Let" with plenty of ammunition, but never hit it on the heart...

2nd Set: "Box" is an emotionally appropriate appetizer to the grieving theme of the first part of the second. "Victim" is well/concisely performed setting up my first fave version of a soaring (8:00) mature "Foolish" Wow, an emotionally perfect "LLR" upon news of a suicide. Please don't indulge in just the passions of the heart as it's heart-breaking. Wowsers, they're attacking the 'heavy' button tonight..."He's Gone" is strengthening in its steadiness. Ryan Adams must like these shuffles. Not much of a instrumental jam, but some nice harmonizing. "Drums/Space" both feel clipped though the banshees are out and about in the latter. It's shrewd that first rocker should be bluesy though "Miracle" maybe too raucous in spirit considering the set so far...'Fantasy' would have worked. AS would 'Bertha' as a follow-up...but "Gimme" isn't such a bad option...a song of wish-fulfillment replenishment. Fine, toss-off stuff. Ahhh, time for a drummerific "Dew." Not blockbuster but firmly handled.

The subdued show ends with your standard "Black Muddy." (Bobby's vibrantly off-key during bridge)

3 1/4 stars
Reviewer: Charbroiled - - December 22, 2005
Subject: Sound Inside this night was the worst ever at MSG
Must not have had DC going this night becuase all I remember yelling was Turn It Up!!!! And I was just right of the SBD on the floor. So for me this show never had the bang the rest of the run did - just being there a 1. Since we cannot download anymore skip this for the next two nights are far better.
Reviewer: lobster12 - - September 29, 2005
Subject: apologies
for not reviewing sooner. This is a nice way to start the run and I have had this show for years. Nice first set and a truly beautiful second set. Solid, like a majority of this MSG run
Reviewer: direwolf600 - - August 22, 2005
Subject: the fenman knows his stuff
I don't know about 5 stars, but Im a b*tch about this stuff. This fenman guy isn't kidding around though. Boom Boom goes the bass. Great review!
Reviewer: the_fenman - - April 27, 2005
Subject: serious PHIL BOMBS
I can't believe I'm the first to review this Bertha Remaster. its much more crisp than the other SBD listed. the bass...my god man...the bass...if you are like me and enjoy listening to your Grateful Dead loud you better be careful this may just bump you right out of your seat. buckle up! sounds like the boys are having a lot of fun during this classic MSG run! Brent especially!
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